We have a busy term ahead of us and it won’t be long before the school year is over!

Your child will continue to bring reading books home Monday – Thursday. Please read with your child each night to reinforce their learning at school and ensure these books are returned the following day in your child’s reading folder. It is important you read with them each night to give them the mileage to be able to work out tricky words and to understand what they are reading. Each Friday your child will bring home their Poetry book This is a great resource to continue to reinforce their learning during the weekend.

A couple of uniform reminders; please remember all children are to wear black, navy blue or white socks, which are below the knee. Navy tights also acceptable for the girls.

Please feel free to contact me on my school email nicoleg@southbridge.school.nz or come in and have a chat.


Term 4 programme of work:

Written Language Writing from personal experiences, poetic writing, instructional writing and links with Social Science.
Visual Language Forming the letters Mm, Bb, Tt, Rr, Vv, Ww, Yy, Kk.
Oral Language Developing phonological awareness and phonemic awareness (the awareness that words are made up of a combination of sounds).

Sharing news in buddies, small groups and to the class.

Mathematics Measurement – weight

Statistics – probability

Number: forward and backward counting to 50, skip counting in 2s, 5s and 10s to 100. Basic facts within 5 and 10 (addition and subtraction). Ordering non-sequential numerals. Before and after number fluency. Financial literacy (learning about money).

Physical Education and Health Small ball skills.

Athletics – run, throw, jump.

Water and Sun Safety.

Te Reo Māori Te Taima – Days of the week, months of the year.

Lake life (continuing from Term 3) – bird names, fish names.

ICT Working on iPads, respecting use of these and how to treat them, turn-taking, cyber safety.
Social Skills Self-management skills, solving disputes. Cooperative skills and working in teams. Working to treat people how we want to be treated through Sparklers.
Social Studies Continuing on from Term 3 we are learning about Lake Ellesmere; history, recreational use of the lake, bird life, kai moana, care and protection.


Things you can be doing at home to help your children:


  • Reading school reading books every night, these books are designed to be read at least three times, this allows your child to over-learn the necessary words in the book to move forward with their reading. These are read twice at school; once in a guided group with the teacher and once directly after, with a buddy. This means the third time should be with you.
  • Memory games with sight word cards. You can make sight word cards from cut up cereal boxes and add on words you child is struggling with in their book/s. If you would like a list of some words for their reading level, I am more than happy to send one home.
  • Playing I-Spy. This helps your child with their letter/sound associations. Letter/sound associations are vital for your child’s writing.
  • Writing about family trips and events, doing science experiments and writing about them.



  • Skip counting objects around the house and when on outings. Practising in 2s, 5s and 10s.
  •  Make their learning meaningful, using real-life experiences for counting and addition. For example, “If I have 5 peanuts and you have 8 peanuts, how many do we have altogether?”
  • Read the time with them beginning with o’clock and half past, have conversations about what they do at certain times, for example, bedtime, eating times, bath/shower times.
  • Speak using positional language, such as, under, over, through, on, in, in front, behind.